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Department of Physical Therapy News

The Physical Therapy Department offers a doctorate of physical therapy degree designed to prepare students for entry into the profession. Students are prepared as generalists, but then have an opportunity to investigate the orthopedic, pediatric, and geriatric specializations through clinical exposures and student research opportunities. The curriculum provides a comprehensive background in the art and science of physical therapy and prepares graduates for state licensure examination eligibility.

Current Physical Therapy News

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Campus News | June 27, 2019

Formerly called School of Allied Health Sciences, the renamed unit has also launched new department of brain health.

Professor Jennifer Nash poses in front of physical therapy students performing an exam.
People | March 25, 2019

Physical therapy became her career of choice because of the opportunity to help people rediscover fun in their lives, and – most importantly – a work-life balance.

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Research | December 26, 2018

In 2018, faculty and students collaborated with one another and international colleagues on scientific exploration that sought to help people make sense of themselves and the world around them.

Research | July 17, 2018

UNLV researcher making strides in brain research.

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Campus News | July 12, 2018

A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

Woman sitting in chair reading an iPad
Research | June 20, 2018

Posture — not screen time — is biggest factor behind neck and shoulder pain, UNLV study finds.

Physical Therapy In The News

Medical Daily
January 14, 2019

While working on the computer, we slip into autopilot so often that we fail to realize when we ended up in that familiar position - leaning forward without support, head bent down, and eyes close to the monitor.

Fox 5 Atlanta
October 9, 2018

If you're a slumper, straighten up! Doctors say they're seeing a jump in patients coming in with neck and shoulder pain from spending too much time bent over their tablets and e-readers.

Health Line
August 30, 2018

After it’s been a day, our beds and sofas can look pretty inviting — so much so that we often sprawl stomach down on them to chill.

Chiropractic Economics
July 25, 2018

Chiropractors now have access to myriad advanced testing options.

Slate
July 17, 2018

The posture, not the time spent in front of the screen, is the first factor of these musculoskeletal disorders of a new kind.

Cincinnati Enquirer
July 12, 2018

Simply Money Advisors discuss how using a tablets and phones could cause damage to your neck.

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Recent Physical Therapy Accomplishments

June 5, 2019
Jeffrey Montes, Richard Tandy, Jack Young, and James Navalta, (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) co-authored “A Comparison of Multiple Wearable Technology Devices Heart Rate and Step Count Measurements During Free Motion and Treadmill Based Measurements.” Montes is a current Ph.D. student. The study, which...
May 2, 2019
Kai-Yu Ho, Rachel Gross (both Physical Therapy) and Wade Gaal (Medicine) co-authored “Incomplete Fracture of the Anterior Superior Iliac Spine,” which appeared in the May issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. The article, also co-authored byAlison Nguyen of Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging, shared the clinical...
March 15, 2019
Szu-Ping Lee and Carrie Gillis (both Physical Therapy), along with Javier Ibarra, Derek Oldroyd and Ryan Zane (all '16 Doctor of Physical Therapy), co-authored “Heel-Raised Foot Posture and Weightlifting Shoes Do Not Affect Trunk and Lower Extremity Biomechanics during a Barbell Back Squat in Recreational Weight Lifters,” which appears in the...
March 6, 2019
Danny Young (Physical Therapy) co-authored an editorial titled “Inpatient Mobility Technicians: One Step Forward?” that addresses a current study focused on the feasibility and effectiveness of dedicated mobility technicians who encourage out-of-bed activities such as walking among older hospital patients. Previous study findings indicate that...
February 6, 2019
Kai-Yu Ho (Physical Therapy), department alumni Brooke Laskowski, Danielle Garcia, and Christensen J. Hardy (all ’17 Doctor of Physical Therapy), and instructor Emilio Puentedura (Physical Therapy) co-authored “Measurement of Anterior Translation of the Mandibular Condyle Using Sonography,” which appears in the current issue of Journal of Physical...
December 20, 2018
Merrill Landers (Physical Therapy), James Navalta (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Jefferson Kinney (Psychology) co-authored “A High-Intensity Exercise Boot Camp for Persons With Parkinson Disease: A Phase II, Pragmatic, Randomized Clinical Trial of Feasibility, Safety, Signal of Efficacy, and Disease Mechanisms.” The investigators of...